'Ant-Man 3' Finds its Writer With 'Rick and Morty' Scribe (Exclusive)

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Peyton Reed is already back as director.

Ant-Man's world just got a little bigger.

Jeff Loveness, a writer and co-producer on Cartoon Network’s acclaimed Rick and Morty, has been tapped to pen the script for the third installment of Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man.

Peyton Reed, who directed the previous two installments, 2015’s Ant-Man and 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, is back as director, having closed his deal last fall.

Paul Rudd is expected to return as Scott Lang, the heist-hearting hero with the power of petiteness in the new installment. Evangeline Lilly will also be back as his stinging cohort, the Wasp.

The deal was wrapped up in the early days of Hollywood’s shutdown, according to sources, and Loveness has already commenced writing.

Marvel has yet to publicly announce the project and seeing as writing is just getting underway, it is unclear when the third Ant-Man outing would shoot. Sequels Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder were slated to shoot this year but the coronavirus pandemic has thrown all of Hollywood’s production schedule upside down. On Friday, Disney reshuffled the release dates of its movie slate, pushing back the series of Marvel films known as Phase 4.

Loveness is known for his comedy work, having gotten his start writing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! On top of several seasons’ worth of the late-night show, he also worked on the Oscars, the Emmys and the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. He wrote on TBS’ Daniel Radcliffe-starring series Miracle Workers.

Loveness has some Marvel experience having written comics centering on such characters as Spider-Man, Groot and Nova, among others, for the publishing powerhouse.

He is repped by LBI Entertainment.